Inorganic Chemistry, Vol.54, No.21, 10243-10249, 2015
Synthesis and Electrocatalytic Property of Diiron Hydride Complexes Derived from a Thiolate-Bridged Diiron Complex
Interaction of a diiron thiolate-bridged complex, [Cp*Fe(mu-eta(2):eta(4)-bdt)FeCp*] (1) (Cp* = eta(5)-C5Me5; bdt = benzene-1,2-dithiolate) with a proton gives an (FeFeIII)-Fe-III hydride bridged complex, [Cp*Fe(mu-bdt)(mu-H)FeCp*][BF4] (3[BF4]). According to in situ variable temperature H-1 NMR studies, the formation of 3[BF4] was evidenced to occur through a stepwise pathway: protonation occurring at an iron center to produce terminal hydride [Cp*Fe(mu-bdt)(t-H)FeCp*][BF4] (2) and subsequent intramolecular isomerization to bridging hydride 3[BF4]. A one-electron reduction of 3[BF4] by CoCp2 affords a paramagnetic mixed-valent (FeFeIII)-Fe-II hydride complex, [Cp*Fe(mu-eta(2):eta(2)-bdt)(mu-H)FeCp*] (4). Further, studies on protonation processes of diruthenium and ironruthenium analogues of 1, [Cp*M1(mu-bdt)M2Cp*] (M1 = M2 = Ru, 5; M1 = Fe, M2 = Ru, 8), provide experimental evidence for terminal hydride species at these bdt systems. Importantly, diiron or diruthenium hydride bridged complexes 3[BF4], 7[BF4] and iron-ruthenium heterodinuclear complex 8[PF6] can realize electrocatalytic hydrogen evolution.